DULUTH, MN — The Duluth fire department is raising awareness about cooking fires as part of fire prevention week.
Fire experts say cooking fires are not only the most common, and most preventable kind but also the leading cause of fire in the state.
Experts say they usually start when someone gets distracted and leaves the kitchen.
The best way to put out a stovetop fire, put a lid on the pot, turn off the burner, and leave it to cool.
If you can’t find the lid, slide a cookie sheet over the pan.
But experts say paying attention to what you’re cooking is the best form of prevention.
“Just stay in the kitchen; watch what you’re doing. If you get distracted or if someone rings the doorbell, or something causes you to have to leave the kitchen, turn the burner off, and then go check on whatever it is,” said Marnie Grondahl, Interim Deputy Chief, at the Duluth Fire Department.
They also recommend having a smoke detector and fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen.